Thanks to an ongoing patent law battle Microsoft products including the Xbox 360 and, even more incredibly, Windows 7, are likely to be banned from sale in Germany.
Now it’s important that companies are held to account for their actions and made to take their responsibilities seriously, but this seems a grotesque over-reaction. Not only will gamers not currently be able to get hold of perhaps the most important console of the current generation but surely now the procurement policies of a lot of businesses will be thrown into turmoil as they can no longer acquire new PCs running the worlds most popular operating system.
Has patent law really become so overbearing that it’s capable of temporarily bringing big chunks of the gaming hobby and the technology business to its knees? I see shades of the legal fight over media copyright here and am forced to repeat what’s quickly becoming a very tired old saw: that technology is currently moving a lot faster than the ability of nation states to keep up with it. Sooner or later, something is going to have to give.